After losing in the French Open final, Novak Djokovic wanted nothing to do with tennis. For about a week, anyway. Now, with the tournament already underway, the top-ranked Serb is firmly focused on defending his title.
“Took me some time really to recover and to rest after Paris. I didn’t want to think about tennis too much,” said Djokovic, who lost to Stan Wawrinka in four sets at Roland Garros.
“Got myself on the court about 10 days ago, started practicing on grass. “Right now I think I’m also 100 percent prepared.” Wimbledon started this year a bit later than normal, with a three-week break since the French Open. That gave some players more opportunity to make the transition from the slow red clay to the faster grass surface, and gave others the chance to rest.
Roger Federer and Andy Murray, two of Djokovic’s main rivals at the All England Club, both won grass-court tournaments in the buildup to Wimbledon. But Djokovic didn’t play a competitive match since facing Wawrinka in Paris.
“It’s not of my concern, honestly. I just want to get myself in a best possible shape,” Djoko vic said. “I’m aware of the adjustment that is required movement-wise, game-wise, and also mentally for the grass courts coming from clay courts.”